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Kara Charana – Audio

LYRICS
Kara Charana Kritam Vaak
Kaayajam Karmajam Vaa
Shravana Nayanajam Vaa
Maanasam Vaa Aparaadham
Vihitamavihitam Vaa
Sarvametat Kshamasva
Jaya Jaya Karunaabdhe
Shri Mahaadeva Shambho
MEANING

O, Lord, kindly forgive the wrong actions done knowingly or unknowingly, either through my Karmendriyas (organs of actions – hands, feet, speech) or through my Jnanendriyas (organs of perception – ears, eyes) or by my mind. Glory unto Thee, O Lord, who is the ocean of compassion, kindness.

Kara Charana – Explanation

Kara Hands (which perform the action of doing something)
Charana Feet (which perform the action of walking)
Kritam Actions done by
Vaak Speech, the power of speech
Kaayajam Body or the bodily actions
Karmajam The results of all the deeds
Vaa Or, and, also
Shravana The action of hearing through the ears
Nayanajam Born out of eyes
Maanasam Of the mind
Aparaadham Undesirable actions or harmful actions
Vihitam Good, helpful, desirable actions
Avihitam Undesirable or harmful actions
Sarvam All
Etat These
Kshamasva May be forgiven by you
Jaya Victory
Karunaabdhe The Ocean of Mercy
Shri Mahadeva The all powerful Lord
Shambho One who is the Ocean of compassion

Kara Charana – Activity

Activity : Introspect before going to bed.

Dear children, when the day gets over, what do you do? How was your day? What did you do? Did you do all good things? Did you hurt anyone by mistake unknowingly or knowingly? Whom will you tell these things? You can talk about all these things with your best friend. You know who your best friend is? Yes… It is God. He is your best friend. God will always be with you and never leave you. He is always there to listen to you. At the end of the day when you go to bed you share all what you did during the day with God. All the good, happy things which gave you joy you share with him. You can tell God all your mistakes during the day. You can talk with him in any language as there is only one language and that is the language of the heart. God will guide you always and you will be a beautiful flower spreading its fragrance always.
Gurus can explain to the children how to introspect before going to bed everyday. Please refer the picture below :

Kara Charana – Further Reading

Story

Before we go to sleep, as the day closes, we need to offer all our deeds of the day to the Lord. Since we are offering all this to God, we should perform only good deeds that are worthy of offering to Him. This way we are sanctified, and are guided to do only good deeds, and feel sorry for any bad thoughts, words and deeds.

There is a beautiful story from the life of Sant Janabai to illustrate this.

Sant Janabai was a Marathi religious poet in India, who lived in the 13th century. She was born in Gangakhed, Maharashtra. After her mother died, her father took her to Pandharpur. Since her childhood, Janabai worked as a maid servant in the household of Damasheti, who lived in Pandharpur and who was the father of Sant Namdev.

She was an ardent devotee of Lord Panduranga, the Presiding Deity of Pandharpur. She offered all her deeds to her Beloved Lord Panduranga by chanting “Pandurangaarpanam”. As is customary in the villages even today, she used to make cow-dung cakes, dry them and use them as cooking fuel. In order to dry the cow-dung a ball is made and is thrown on the wall so that it becomes a round cake. Janabai threw the cow-dung, saying “Pandurangaarpanam”. Not only that, it is customary in village homes to plaster the floor with cow-dung. She used to throw the left-over cow-dung outside her house chanting, “Pandurangaarpanam”. As she was pure by heart and did this with true devotion, this dung, used to fly and stick to the idol of Lord Panduranga in the temple of the village.

Unaware of all this, when the temple priest noticed that there was cow-dung on the Lord’s idol, he was thrown into a rage seeing this happen daily, and decided to catch the culprit, who was throwing it on the Lord’s idol. So, he went to every house, watching what was happening at every household.

When he came to Janabai’s house, he heard her saying “Pandurangaarpanam” and throwing the dung. He then hit her arm with a stick so hard, that her arm almost broke. But, Janabai did not feel any pain. After this he proceeded to the temple for offering worship to the Lord. When he reached the temple he saw the Lord’s arm broken and fallen on the floor. Immediately he realised the mistake he had committed without understanding what a noble devotee she was, that the Lord had rushed to protect this devotee, and took the blow on Himself, to save her.

He ran back to Janabai immediately, and fell at her feet and begged for pardon. He realised that Janabai was a great devotee of Lord Panduranga.

Whenever Janabai made cowdung cakes to dry in the sun, to be sold as fuel, she would repeat the Holy Name “Panduranga”. The result of her constant japa was that the fuel would burn with the sound “Panduranga Panduranga” as they were offered to Lord Panduranga. Hence, the people preferred to buy Janabai’s fuel cakes.

Thus, Sant Janabai sanctified even the lowliest of her tasks to the Lord, offering all her work, with no thought of reward.

If we offer it to the Lord this way, even our lives would be sanctified.

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